If you're like one of the the many artists out there who are having a heck of a time writing their artist statement, this is for you. In this blog post, I share 5 basic questions to get you started writing your artist statement with ease.
What is an artist statement you might ask? Google it and the variance in answers might leave you more confused than before you started.
In short, I think of my artist statement as the verbal accompaniment to my work. For example, when I am standing next to my artwork and people have questions, I can answer those questions for them. But when I am not there, my artist statement does that for me.
The trickiest part is to write an artist statement without telling my viewer what to think, feel or react but at the same time, give them a concrete sense of what I do.
Here are 5 basic questions to get you started writing your artist statement:
1. Tell the reader what you do: Painting
2. Tell the reader what kind of painting you do: Abstract
3. Tell the reader the medium you prefer to work in: Acrylic
4. Tell the reader what sorts of tools you use to create your work: Rollers, brush, sand paper, etc.
5. You might even go as far as telling the reader what sorts of things you like to add to your paintings to make them unique to you: Fabric, paper, dried leaves, ground coffee, etc.
There. That should do it.
No matter what, have someone else (preferably someone who is no familiar with your work) to read your artist statement. If they have too many questions, chances are you'd better do a re-write.
To read my artist statement, check this out.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.